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    Default How do you pronounce your fragrances?

    Aside from mainstream obvious, ones, the ones I like to pronounce:

    "E-see Me-Yaw-kee" (Issey Miyake)

    Bull-gaari (some say Bool-gaari)

    Musk Ravajurr (Musc Ravageur)

    Yeef-Saan-Luh-Raan (YSL)

    Deeor Home (some say Dwar-Um)?

    Uh-Ventus (Aventus)

    *btw, does not permit me to edit the title as pronounce was a typo
    Last edited by socalwoman; 27th January 2012 at 05:19 AM.

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    Joop! - Jewp

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    I pronounce them to the best of my ability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baller View Post
    "E-see Me-Yaw-kee" (Issey Miyake)
    funny, I was pronouncing it that way, until a representative told me it should be "eezay Meeyake"

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    eau-gayz-ar-hee-la-reeus

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    I think Joop is supposed to be pronounced yope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    I think Joop is supposed to be pronounced yope.
    +1.

    A great source to pick up French is robes08 on Youtube, plus he's a great reviewer!

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    i've heard both "kris-chian" and "kris tee-an" (Christian Dior) i always thought it was the former but the latter sounds better

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grottola View Post
    Lay malay!
    I was waiting for that one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    I think Joop is supposed to be pronounced yope.
    If you're replying to me, that's the joke.

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    its pretty easy for me since im french. Also I think Joop is pronounced youp the J is silent.

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    Haha I forgot, Joop! - Jewp is great. I know its yope, but you know your American ways loves it so much better when you evade the french tone and override it with an american one and, gladly, and unabashedly, splurt out JEWP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crvn View Post
    i've heard both "kris-chian" and "kris tee-an" (Christian Dior) i always thought it was the former but the latter sounds better
    If you're American I think the "kris-chian" dior sounds a bit more masculine or less wordy/less "accent-like" than kris-tee-an (which nonetheless sounds nice too).

    I just kind of like the consistency in the enunciation fo "Kris-chian" rather than "kris-tee-an" since its smoother on the tongue, too.

    Oh, and another good one: Egoiste. "Egoist" just like the english word is how I pronounce it. I don't like the French overtone much, "ey-go-eest". Well, I guess they are both nice now that I tried.

    How do you pronounce Musc Ravageur? "Musk rava-joor" sounds coolest

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    Joop isn't french it's german. That's why it's pronounced Yope. Otherwise it would be pronounced JOHP Honestly, some people even pronounce bergamot with a french accent...

    In my head I pronounce about half of them improperly. Either turkish or english.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baller View Post
    Yeef-Saan-Luh-Raan (YSL)
    Huh?
    There's a way of saying it other than Why-Ess-El?

    Renato

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baller View Post
    Aside from mainstream obvious, ones, the ones I like to pronounce:

    Yeef-Saan-Luh-Raan (YSL)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiqaY...SSYAsgxsc5NKWL

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    I pronounce my French fragrances like shit. Usually don't even bother trying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    I pronounce them to the best of my ability.

    my current top five (always in transition)

    Dior Eau Noire
    HdP 1725 Casanova
    eau de gloire parfum d'empire
    Dia man Amouage
    comme des garçons man 2

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    I pronounce: L´air du desert marocain in French , and I do well
    my current top five (always in transition)

    Dior Eau Noire
    HdP 1725 Casanova
    eau de gloire parfum d'empire
    Dia man Amouage
    comme des garçons man 2

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    This site is very helpful: http://fragnameoftheday.blogspot.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisbar1104 View Post
    +1.

    A great source to pick up French is robes08 on Youtube, plus he's a great reviewer!

    Sorry but I have to disagree. The way he pronounces Yves St Laurent is painful. I suggest you look for a French voice on the web, there are plenty of sites that do this instantly. (Whether you can copy the pronunciation correctly is a different matter but at least you know how it SHOULD sound.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinijo View Post
    Sorry but I have to disagree. The way he pronounces Yves St Laurent is painful.
    + 1000

    PS. omg! It must not be possible!
    my current top five (always in transition)

    Dior Eau Noire
    HdP 1725 Casanova
    eau de gloire parfum d'empire
    Dia man Amouage
    comme des garçons man 2

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    I'm sure I will be crucified for this, but...

    I think it's important, if you're speaking English, not to drop French pronunciation (unmodified) into the middle of an English sentence. Having said that, you will do yourself a great favor by learning how to pronounce the vowel sound at the end of "Lutens" and "Laurent" (hint: ENH).

    Otherwise, it is perfectly acceptable to anglicize foreign words in mid-English sentence. Just do it gently. Though I am capable of pronouncing "croissant" correctly, in an American café, I will order a cwah-SENH or even cwah-SONT (yeah, I know). If you do not anglicize it, you will sound like Jemaine from Flight of the Conchords. (see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5hrUGFhsXo)

    Lutens: loo-TENH
    Yves Saint Laurent: eve san lo-RENH (h the "san" and the "R" have been anglicized for your comfort)
    Un Parfum de Sens et Bois: oon par-FAM deu senh aye bwah

    If you want to be a little more advanced, leave the "n" off of "san" and the "M" off of "par-FAM" but keep the a sound short like "bat".
    Last edited by Beranium Chotato; 27th January 2012 at 12:49 PM.

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    [QUOTE=Brian Chambers;2429648]I'm sure I will be crucified for this, but...

    I think it's important, if you're speaking English, not to drop French pronunciation (unmodified) into the middle of an English sentence.

    I have to agree with you. Most people will look at you blankly if you pronounce French (or any other language ) correctly. I am faced with this dilemma whenever I say the name of any fragrance. The last time I bought a fragrance from a reasonably upmarket department store the woman on the Dior counter couldn't even pronounce "homme" correctly. I am sure it is even worse in America.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinijo View Post
    Sorry but I have to disagree. The way he pronounces Yves St Laurent is painful. I suggest you look for a French voice on the web, there are plenty of sites that do this instantly. (Whether you can copy the pronunciation correctly is a different matter but at least you know how it SHOULD sound.)
    Err...you do know that robes08 is french-canadian. His pronunciation is going to be better than some crappy translation site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pipsta View Post
    Acks baw-dee spra-ee
    Thanks for that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sol invictus View Post
    Err...you do know that robes08 is french-canadian. His pronunciation is going to be better than some crappy translation site.
    Really?
    maybe he can show us how to pronounce the names of French Canadian scents then.

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    Maybe we should add a line to the basenotes directory that has the correct pronunciations !! That would be cool.
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    Simple, learn some French! it does not hurt, believe me!

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    Badly... but with a disarming, slightly self-depricating smile, it has never prevented smooth and engaging conversation with SAs / other enthusiasts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiptos View Post
    Maybe we should add a line to the basenotes directory that has the correct pronunciations !! That would be cool.
    OK this is an awesome suggestion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sol invictus View Post
    Err...you do know that robes08 is french-canadian. His pronunciation is going to be better than some crappy translation site.
    Robes08 is indeed French-Canadian. He has said his first language is French, so I'll take his version of French over my pitiful, weak attempts to speak it.

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    Che monie tuh ton'ka oh' wah chah and I wish to try that Gerr Lawh Geekee oh d'parfah tester you are hiding behing the counter.
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    I have gone through stages on this.

    1. At first, I always pronounced names of French fragrances in French. (I speak French, so it's not too difficult.) I made some concessions to American pronunciation too. For example, I pronounced the r's more or less as an American would. SAs often stared at me blankly when I did this, so I changed my practice.

    2. Just pronounce them all roughly as the average American would. One time I did that, the SA looked at me like I was the dumbest person on the planet. I decided there was no way I was going to have SAs condescending to me either about fragrances or about French pronunciation.

    3. So I reverted back to 1. I do, however, pronounce "vetiver" in regular American English even if it's a French fragrance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinijo View Post
    Really?
    maybe he can show us how to pronounce the names of French Canadian scents then.
    I find it funny that you're criticising a native french speaker on his french pronounciation, lol. Maybe you're getting it confused with accents (which is not the same thing)? His accent will differ to that of someone from France of course, but that equally applies to someone from the south of France compared to someone from Paris.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sol invictus View Post
    I find it funny that you're criticising a native french speaker on his french pronounciation, lol. Maybe you're getting it confused with accents (which is not the same thing)? His accent will differ to that of someone from France of course, but that equally applies to someone from the south of France compared to someone from Paris.
    Ok fair point, but why would anyone wish to learn to pronounce something clasically French (Parisian) in a french Canadian accent. It's like choosing to learn to pronounce something quintessentially English in a Glaswegian accent (for example).

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    Lol funny thread I like it

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinijo View Post
    Ok fair point, but why would anyone wish to learn to pronounce something clasically French (Parisian) in a french Canadian accent. It's like choosing to learn to pronounce something quintessentially English in a Glaswegian accent (for example).
    YOu're still comnfusing pronounciation with accent, which are two different things.
    You could listen to a Parisian speak all day & copy it as best as you can, but you would still be speaking French in an English accent even if your pronunciation was spot on.

    What you seem to be suggesting is that only people who speak the Queens English are pronouncing English correctly, which is an absurd argument.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CX827 View Post
    "Can i have THAT please"
    Yep! This never fails.
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    "... if you're speaking English, not to drop French pronunciation (unmodified) into the middle of an English sentence." - I agree with this with the exception- if you have a previously established relationship or understanding that the other party also speaks French. Otherwise, you just confuse the SA in most cases.

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    WHAT the heck was THAT???
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    I pronounce it thusly: "Your fragrances."

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    I pronounce ALL fragrances, whether they be American, Italian, British, or otherwise, with a thick and affected French accent.

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    A whole lot better than a certain you tube reviewer , whos French pronounciation is quite frankly atrocious , yet they seem to think theirs is the proverbial shit LOL !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Chambers View Post
    I'm sure I will be crucified for this, but...

    I think it's important, if you're speaking English, not to drop French pronunciation (unmodified) into the middle of an English sentence. Having said that, you will do yourself a great favor by learning how to pronounce the vowel sound at the end of "Lutens" and "Laurent" (hint: ENH).

    Otherwise, it is perfectly acceptable to anglicize foreign words in mid-English sentence. Just do it gently. Though I am capable of pronouncing "croissant" correctly, in an American café, I will order a cwah-SENH or even cwah-SONT (yeah, I know). If you do not anglicize it, you will sound like Jemaine from Flight of the Conchords. (see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5hrUGFhsXo)

    Lutens: loo-TENH
    Yves Saint Laurent: eve san lo-RENH (h the "san" and the "R" have been anglicized for your comfort)
    Un Parfum de Sens et Bois: oon par-FAM deu senh aye bwah

    If you want to be a little more advanced, leave the "n" off of "san" and the "M" off of "par-FAM" but keep the a sound short like "bat".
    I read somewhere that the "s" in Lutens is to be pronounced...
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    Quote Originally Posted by LloydLlewellyn View Post
    I read somewhere that the "s" in Lutens is to be pronounced...
    I am no authority by any means. But if his name is French, you would only pronounce the "s" if 1) you were speaking French, and 2) the following word began with a vowel. But sometimes there are non-French words (like Chateau Talbot, a maker of bordeaux) that nonetheless pronounce the consonant (in this case, the "t" at the end because the person's name was not actually French).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jojo Lapin X View Post
    I pronounce it thusly: "Your fragrances."
    So do I, and I am from Glasgow. Et voila! Quelle grand surprise!





    Oh OK, maybe just a bit more like "your frrragrrrances".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Chambers View Post
    I am no authority by any means. But if his name is French, you would only pronounce the "s" if 1) you were speaking French, and 2) the following word began with a vowel. But sometimes there are non-French words (like Chateau Talbot, a maker of bordeaux) that nonetheless pronounce the consonant (in this case, the "t" at the end because the person's name was not actually French).
    When it comes to French names, and especially surnames, all bets are off. For example, the very important French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez prounces his name Boo-LEZ, not Boo-LAY. The philosopher Renaud Barbaras pronounces the final s.

    I'm pretty sure you say the final s in Lutens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinijo View Post
    Really?
    maybe he can show us how to pronounce the names of French Canadian scents then.
    + 10000
    my current top five (always in transition)

    Dior Eau Noire
    HdP 1725 Casanova
    eau de gloire parfum d'empire
    Dia man Amouage
    comme des garçons man 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by LloydLlewellyn View Post
    I read somewhere that the "s" in Lutens is to be pronounced...
    most of S , not to say all , at the end of a word is not pronounced.
    my current top five (always in transition)

    Dior Eau Noire
    HdP 1725 Casanova
    eau de gloire parfum d'empire
    Dia man Amouage
    comme des garçons man 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackened View Post
    most of S , not to say all , at the end of a word is not pronounced.
    Yeah, it's very strange. If you're saying "sens" as in the noun "sense" you pronounce the final s. If you're using the verb, as in "je sens," then you don't pronounce the final s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sol invictus View Post
    YOu're still comnfusing pronounciation with accent, which are two different things.
    You could listen to a Parisian speak all day & copy it as best as you can, but you would still be speaking French in an English accent even if your pronunciation was spot on.

    What you seem to be suggesting is that only people who speak the Queens English are pronouncing English correctly, which is an absurd argument.
    If you scroll halfway down this page you will find the heading "Some differences in pronunciation of Canadian French."
    http://www.omniglot.com/writing/french.htm

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    Haha! this guy is really funny.

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    Exactly, moi je parle un peu de français. I know about the liaison and that usually the -s at the end if a word are mute, but in this particular case, I believe you do pronounce it.
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